Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Windsor Castle : Queen Elizabeth's Gallery

Windsor Castle : Queen Elizabeth's Gallery - photograph


On the north terrace of Windsor Castle, overlooking the Home Park, are the rooms once occupied by Queen Elizabeth, of which the Gallery extending from the Norman Gate is now used as a library. Here, as the Marquis of Lorne has written in the Governors Guide to the Castle, we may think of Queen Elizabeth as telling Shakespeare, summoned to her presence, that she wanted a new play with more about Falstaff in it. The fine chimney-pieces form a feature of the room; and in one of these, as shown in our picture, is a bust of the great queen herself. In addition to the books with which the shelves are laden, a collection of medals, miniatures, illustrated manuscripts, and old bindings is kept in this apartment, which adjoins a smaller room where Queen Anne first heard the news of the victory at Blenheim.